Italian band Trinakrius wouldn't be the first band to develop a concept album, Seven Songs of Seven Sins, around the Bible's seven deadly sins, and they won't be the last. The seven sins arise from the Book of Proverbs 6:16-19, and read, There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. Over the centuries, comparing this passage with others, the seven deadly sins have been codified as as wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony.
I doubt very much that Trinakrius has any allegiance to the Christian faith, but they might be lapsed Catholics as they come from Italy. Nevertheless, thanks to the inherent intrigue of the subject matter, applying heavy metal music to the seven deadly makes for equally intriguing possibilities. Not the least of which is determining what kind of heavy metal music would best interpret each sin.
With Sloth [read: laziness], Trinakrius gets the concept correctly, giving a heavier, even doomish, metal to fit the theme. Gluttony, which means basic over indulgence, is more challenging. Yet over indulgence with food could result in becoming overweight and obese: the song has a true heavy chunky feel. For Lust, Trinakrius offer something slightly more speedy, more rooted in traditional metal, for a sin that often presents itself with excitement and anxiousness.
Alternatively, what do you do with Pride, Envy, Greed, and Ira (Wrath)? Considering the last, I would have expected something more harsh or erratic (as anger can sometimes be), maybe some thrash metal. But the song is more like power-doom metal. I think an opportunity was missed there.
Nevertheless, whether they were trying to put the proper heavy metal tone to each sin or not, what you have within the entirety of Seven Songs of Seven Sins is some better than average melodic power, doomish, progressive heavy metal (that's a mouthful), and that's a very good thing. The weakest point is the vocals, which seem to have been deprecated in the mix. This is a shame considering the concept and lyrics are just as important as the music. Perhaps the CD, rather than the digital EPK, would give me a better opinion. The album also includes a cover of Die For My Sins from the rather obscure American metal band Sanctuary; it sounds good.
Trinakrius takes on the Biblical seven deadly sins and applies an interesting mixture of classic melodic heavy metal with doomish elements in a nearly progressive metal wrapper. Interesting stuff.
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